I don’t care what people say, everything does not taste like chicken. I should know. My words are tasting pretty salty right now and have been for the past six weeks.
When the prep football season first started a certain prep writer – that would be me – picked the Pinole Valley High School Spartans to finish fourth in the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League.
Boy was I wrong.
The Spartans responded to the slight by clinching at least a share of the ACCAL title.
Pinole Valley won another high-scoring affair Friday, beating El Cerrito 44-41 on a late 29-yard field goal by Dustin Crenshaw. http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/sports/high_school/13089886.htm.
Pinole Valley can clinch the title outright and finish ACCAL play undefeated at 7-0 if it beats Hercules this week. Pinole Valley ’s lone blemish on an otherwise exciting season was 35-28 loss to Vallejo in Week 2. It should be noted that the Spartans nearly came back and won that game against Vallejo, scoring 21 fourth-quarter points.
Since that point, West County ’s best show on turf hasn’t had any problems, scoring 40 or more points four times, including a comeback 54-51 win over Alameda on Oct. 21.
Pinole Valley ’s potent offense is averaging 40.6 points per contest.